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Billy Dukes

Billy Dukes' music background includes jobs as Music Director and night DJ at WQDR 94.7 in Raleigh, N.C., writer for Recoil Magazine, a monthly out of Grand Rapids, Mich., and writer for the Kalamazoo Gazette, in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Western Michigan University graduate followed a girl to Raleigh in 2006, and wisely married her one year later. They live in northeast Wake County with their two dogs Daisy and Clementine and their son. In his free time Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling, and exploring nature.
Lady Antebellum
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Lady Antebellum, ‘On This Winter’s Night’ – Album Review

Lady Antebellum are practically built for Christmas albums. There's a Captain and Tennille quality to their partnership that's made hip by youth and intriguing subject matter. The trio's take on standards like 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' and 'Silent Night' are timeless, in that they could really be transported to any decade of country music. For them, covering yuletide hits is as easy as looking good. 

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Taylor Swift
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Taylor Swift Finds Love in Romantic New ‘Begin Again’ Video

Taylor Swift's 'Begin Again' video finds her going from mopey and melancholy, to hopeful and optimistic about love's possibilities. The clip was filmed in Paris, and the singer saunters around the city in very European dress. At a cafe (presumably on a Wednesday), the video's lead actor catches her attention. 

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Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Little Big Town
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2012 CMA Single of the Year Award Prediction? – Readers Poll

The 2012 CMA Awards are on the horizon, and the countdown begins today with predictions on each of the nine major categories. You also have a chance to choose a winner for each award in a daily readers poll. Who do you predict to win the Single of the Year award at the 2012 CMAs?

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Jason Aldean, Jamey Johnson, Scotty McCreery
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Which New Album Are You Most Likely to Buy? – Readers Poll

October 16, 2012 may be the biggest day of new country releases all year! Three big stars have new music available online and in stores, leaving fans with the difficult decision of how to best spend their money. Of the new projects available from Jason Aldean, Jamey Johnson and Scotty McCreery, which are you most likely to buy? 

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Scotty McCreery
Mercury Nashville
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Scotty McCreery, ‘Christmas With Scotty McCreery’ – Album Review

Scotty McCreery shares a warm holiday hug with many of the most well-known Christmas classics on his new 'Christmas With Scotty McCreery' album. From top to bottom, this is a consistent project that takes few chances, but offers 11 pleasant recordings to easily slip into one's yearly holiday playlist. 

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High Valley, JT Hodges
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High Valley vs. JT Hodges – The Showdown

The string of artists High Valley has taken down during their Showdown run would make a great country festival lineup. Last night, 'Love You for a Long Time' ousted Kix Brooks' new single. That's after online and telephone voting on Taste of Country Nights radio led to wins over songs from Clay Walker and Little Big Town. Perhaps it will take another country newcomer to oust the brother trio's single?

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Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan
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2012 CMA Awards Performers

The 2012 CMA Awards performers are beginning to be announced. The November 1 show in Nashville promises to feature the hottest superstars and country newcomers, as well as a few surprise collaborations. With artists like Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town leading the nominees, the ABC broadcast should be one a country music fan won't want to miss. 

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Darius Rucker, Kenny Chesney
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Darius Rucker vs. Kenny Chesney – The Showdown

It's a superstar Showdown to begin the week. After making short work of Craig Morgan on Friday, Darius Rucker is hoping his fans will take his new ballad 'True Believers' to win No. 4 of the five needed to advance to the Showdown Hall of Fame. With Kenny Chesney in the opposite corner, voting online and on the phone at  Taste of Country Nights radio promises to reach all-time highs. 

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